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Each week, the Wyoming County Press Examiner is spotlighting a “Sportsperson of the Week” to recognize the efforts and achievements of our community members still enjoying their sporting passion.

This week, we spotlight Donna Fetzko, a yoga instructor from Tunkhannock.

Name and Age:

Donna Fetzko, 63 next month

Passion/Sport: Yoga

Home Town:

Tunkhannock

High School: Bridgewater Raritan East High School (New Jersey)

Job: Yoga Instructor

What age did you begin doing yoga? In my 40s.

What got you involved? I started classes when I was working in the dental field- I was having pains and was stiff. I read about yoga and its benefits. After learning more, I wanted to share my experiences and became an instructor.

Who did you begin with initially? I took my first class with Barbara Cohen in a class led by Dr. Virginia Fennelly, a chiropractor in Tunkhannock at the time.

Now who do you do yoga with? I teach classes at the Dietrich, at Cloverknoll Wellness Center, and at area senior centers through the Area Agency on Aging.

What equipment is needed to be successful? A good yoga mat, or a sturdy chair for chair yoga, but it is more of a mindset- you need to listen to your body and enjoy every moment.

Where do you do yoga? I practice in a small office in my house, and do my Zoom sessions from one of the bedrooms in my house, it is a little larger.

Have you seen any interesting places because of yoga? Yes, I have been to the beautiful, peaceful, and serene Himalayan Institute outside of Honesdale.

Has your sport taken you out of the state? I went to New Jersey for some training, but the great thing is there are lots of opportunities here in NEPA.

Tips to offer rookies: Don’t be afraid to try something new. Ask questions, go with friends, and keep an open mind. It is going to feel awkward at first. You just need to let yoga show you what it can do.

How would you explain yoga to people unfamiliar with it? Yoga is an open door for a way for people to stay active, mentally and physically, in a non competitive environment that offers an opportunity to keep moving.

Biggest accomplishment: Getting the chair yoga program up and running at the Dietrich Theater. It is funded by local community organizations and grants and participants do not have to pay. Most of the chair yoga classes are made up of seniors, some on fixed incomes, and making it available to the whole area is something that I am very proud of. When we started, we had a handful of people, now I teach classes twice a week to more than 20 people in each class.

Why do you do yoga? For my own wellness, and centered wellness. I teach yoga because I want to share the gift of yoga with everyone interested in experiencing it.

Athletes you admire: Sherry Zak Morris, the chair yoga trainer who certified me in an online class from California. Her passion in bringing wellness to the senior population.

What music do you listen to during classes? Different types of classes have different music. But it is all calming, background sounds, that helps go with the flow and feel of the classes.

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